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France: Syria will answer for protest deaths

France condemned Syrian authorities' deadly crackdown on political protests that left scores dead on Sunday and warned that they would answer for the bloodshed.

“France condemns with the most extreme firmness the continued repression by the Syrian authorities, which is getting worse,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Human rights organisations said scores of civilians were killed on Sunday as the Syrian military attacked protestors in the city of Hama.

“Syrian political, military and security leaders must know, now more than ever, that they will have to answer for their deeds,” the French statement added.

“The continuing of the repression and atrocities against civilians is particularly unacceptable on the eve of the month of Ramadan and can only leader to more instability and violence across the country.”

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French Interior Minister asks police to ban pro-Palestinian Paris protest

France's interior minister on Thursday asked police to ban a pro-Palestinian protest in Paris this weekend over the conflict with Israel fearing a repeat of clashes during a similar situation in 2014.

French Interior Minister asks police to ban pro-Palestinian Paris protest
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin asked the Paris police chief to ban the protests on Saturday linked to the recent tensions in the Middle East. Photo: Guillaume HORCAJUELO POOL / AFP

Activists had called the protest in the Barbès district of northern Paris to demonstrate against Israel’s use of force in the Gaza Strip in response to the rocket fire by militant group Hamas at the Jewish state.

“I have asked the Paris police chief to ban the protests on Saturday linked to the recent tensions in the Middle East,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wrote on Twitter.

“Serious disturbances to public order were seen in 2014,” he added, urging police chiefs elsewhere in France to also remain vigilant over demonstrations.

In a circular seen by AFP, he also urged local police chiefs to assure the “protection of places of worship, schools, cultural centres and businesses of the Jewish community.”

Several demonstrations took place in France during July 2014 to denounce an Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

On July 19, 2014, several thousand protesters defied a ban on a demonstration at Barbes and the rally rapidly degenerated into violent clashes that lasted for hours.

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